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Road to UFC 205: Cross Your Fingers That No One Gets Pulled Now

By Ken Boehlke

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – It’s no secret there’s something special about UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

For months prior to the official bout agreements, every fighter used their post fight interviews to ask for a spot on the card, and rightfully so, as it’s the biggest card in the promotion’s history.

The amazing part though is how incredibly consistent this card has been since its announcement. Just look at the history of some of UFC 205’s biggest stars.

Conor McGregor watched as his opponent was forced to pull out four times in his first eight fights. Co-main event participant Stephen Thompson has seen his opponent taken off the card three times and he’s been pulled twice himself. Khabib Nurmagomedov is infamous for having his fight agreements changed. Each of the last three fights he’s participated in have been changed late.

Big time cards have been subject to injury or drug suspensions as well. Most notably, UFC 200 went from McGregor vs. Diaz to Cormier vs. Jones to Lesnar vs. Hunt to Cormier vs. Silva and eventually was headlined by Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes.

UFC 205 has been different. Since the first press conference on September 27, not a single fighter has been taken off the card. No injuries, no drug suspensions, no faux retirements, nothing — and it’s all a testament to the enormity of this event.

Every guy or girl on the card understands the significance. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, to fight in New York, in the most famous arena in the world, on what likely will go down as the most stacked card ever. And every person on the card has lived up to their promise, to be there when it all goes down.

We’ve made it this far. Here’s to hoping the good luck holds out until Saturday.

**Since the publishing of this article Rashad Evans has been pulled from his fight with Tim Kennedy. A recent MRI cited “irregular findings.” No replacement is expected to be found for Kennedy.**

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